The San Francisco Chronicle reports The front end of a massive migrating butterfly swarm reached Northern California late last week, and the so-called painted ladies are flying through some unexpected places, including San Francisco’s Presidio National Park. Read full story at ‘It blindsided me’: Surprise as massive butterfly swarm reaches Northern California – SFGate

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Pasadena Star News reports why are there so many butterflies in Southern California right now? Swarms of butterflies are invading inland sections of Southern California as a result of an unusually heavy migration of a common species making its way from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest to breed, experts say. About 1 billion butterflies, known as […]

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Xerces Society reports The good news is that the Center appears to have a reprieve: The government funding bill approved by congress includes a ban on building the wall through several sites in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, including the National Butterfly Center However the border wall can still have a major impact on wildlife […]

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Originally posted on Hugh Paxton’s Blog: ? Hugh Paxton’s Blog first visited Costa Rica in the early 1980s. It made a tremendous impression. My response was perfectly natural! Endowed with extraordinary ecological wealth – covering only 0.03 percent of our planet’s land surface, less than West Virginia, this small, mountainous Central American country is…

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